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Lake Allie County Park is located directly west of Minneapolis, which is about an hour and a half away by car. With 25 sites of both RV slots and tent spaces that are currently available for public use, guests can find a spot right on the shores of the lake. The RV Park is located on the east side of Lake Allie, which visitors can get to by driving north on 540th St, accessible by traveling in between the cities of Buffalo Lake and Stewart. Lake Allie is more known for being a fishing spot, as well as a place to go canoeing, kayaking, or swimming. The Minnesota River is less than an hour away from Lake Allie County Park, which is lined with parks and recreational areas to help make it easier for visitors to enjoy the river.
The campgrounds can be found on the 4.4 acres that take up over half of the west side of Lake Allie's shorefront. There are a grand total of 25 available spaces that are open to the public at Lake Allie County Park, with 16 of them being RV sites and 9 of them being tent spaces. The sites are rented out on a first-come, first-serve basis, but for those who want to ensure they have a specific slot, guests can reserve a spot a minimum of five days before their stay.
Every RV site comes with water and electrical hookups. Lake Allie County Park has a dump station available, as well as a playground, storage shed, and shelter. The managers of the campsite ask that all visitors who come to stay—whether it is for the day, overnight, or for several nights—pack everything they will need, as there is no general store on site.
Due to the location of the RV and tent sites, the campground is best known for its fishing, both off the shore and on a boat. While boats are permitted on the lake, there are restrictions on motorized water vehicles, so canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and the like are allowed, but jet skis and anything with an outboard are not permitted. On the north side of the lake, guests can find the Oakdale Golf Club, and south of Lake Allie is Preston Lake. Lake Allie is in a more rural area with very few buildings in the vicinity, which means guests may find it much easier to take part in outdoor activities and recreational hobbies. There are a number of trails within the area that guests can hike and bike, or, if they decide to bring their horses, they are able to go horseback riding in some parts of the area.
The land that surrounds Lake Allie County Park is a majority agricultural community, and there are some notable moments in history that occurred in the vicinity. The demographic of people who visit most often tend to be families with children, retired folk, and young adults who are seeking an outdoor setting to have their latest adventure.
The closest cities to Lake Allie are Stewart, West Lynn, and Buffalo Lake, each within about a ten-minute drive of the property. About 20 minutes away from Lake Allie County Park is the city of Hutchinson, which is much larger than the other cities nearby. Due to the location, recreational activities like hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, canoeing, and other nature-related ventures are more popular to do while staying in the area. The property is owned by the county, and the manager says they do their best to create an atmosphere that is quiet and well-maintained in a rustic style of setting. Guests have left several comments; among those, one reviewer writes, "nice play ground for the kids, fishing pier, camping is nice, always clean."
Lake Allie County Park was first established sometime in the 50s, around 70 years ago, but there was not much focus or emphasis on camping up until the last 15 years. There have been a number of unique events that have taken place many years ago in the area. One notable time in history is the Dakota War of 1862. The Dakota War began off the banks of the Minnesota River about 30 miles away. It is also known as the Sioux Uprising, where the natives of the land rose up and attacked the settlers, causing a large-scale battle between the two groups. Along the river, guests can observe first-hand the many historical sites along the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway. The Minnesota River offers several historical sites, as well as entertainment and activities like swimming, kayaking, and fishing.
Renville County Parks District is the owner of Lake Allie County Park, but the district also owns other parks. Some of the other locations that are owned by Renville County Parks District include Birch Coulee, Vicksburg, Mack Lake, Beaver Falls, and Anderson Lake.